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[INTERVIEW] – South Sudanese Model Nyadaka “Duckie” Thot on Diversity in Beauty

August 25, 2019

(NEW YORK) – Nyadak “Duckie” Thot has definitely made her mark in the fashion world through her modeling career. Back in 2013, the 23 year old South Sudanese American model finished in third place on the eighth cycle of Australia’s Next Top Model, and since then she’s landed herself in the 2018 Pirelli calendar, which was Alice in Wonderland-themed, and walked in the annual Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show just last year.

Nyadak “Duckie” Thot has starred in campaigns for Fenty Beauty and L’Oréal Paris. She was kind enough to give Allure magazine a peek into her beauty world. In an interview with Allure, a women’s beauty magazine based in New York, she talks about how she shows up to shoots looking so awake even when she’s been traveling nonstop.

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Nyadak "Duckie Thot". Photo: L'Oreal Paris
Nyadak “Duckie Thot”. Photo: L’Oreal Paris

On being “an only”:
“When we talk about diversity in fashion and beauty, we often don’t talk about what that means behind the scenes: stylists, photographers, makeup artists. I’m often the only black woman on set. I’ll remember doing the Pirelli calendar [shoot] with an all-black cast — RuPaul, Lupita Nyong’o — for the rest of my life.”

On hacking her commute:
“I like to put on eye patches — the ones from KNC Beauty — in the car on the way to a shoot to make sure I arrive looking alive and alert.”

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On her beauty blind spot:
“Putting on fake eyelashes. I love the look of individuals, but I can’t do them to save my life, so having a mascara that can do the job is really important. L’Oréal’s Unlimited mascara is great.”

On blowing off steam:
“The first and last thing I do every day is pray. When I left home in Melbourne, Australia, two and a half years ago to model, I felt a bit disconnected. Now that I have a regular prayer routine, I’m more grounded in that space.”

On the failure of the news feed:
“My family is from South Sudan. My mom was pregnant with me when she left the country due to the war. Right now there’s a massacre going on at home, but you don’t really see much coverage about it. People need to be aware that people’s real lives are being affected.”

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A brief profile of the Duckie Thot:

Born: Nyadak Thot 23 October 1995 (age 23), Melbourne, Australia
Years active: 2013–present
Modeling information: Height 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m), Hair color Black, Eye color Brown
Agency:  New York Model Management (New York), Premium Models (Paris), Elite Model Management (London), Chadwick Models (Sydney)

(South Sudan NEWS PORTAL)

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